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January 20

Is there way to "mirror" an RSS feed?

Is there way to "mirror" an RSS feed? That is, duplicate an RSS feed so the same content is reproduced in two different RSS feeds? [more inside]
posted by My Dad to Computers & Internet at 2:58 PM - 4 answers

What's the name for the kind of song when a LOT of people sing one word?

So is there a name for the type of song that We Are The World is? Something where a big group of people get together and each sing a little part of it? I need to find examples of songs like that - really with pop music - and I'm not sure what I'm searching for.
posted by rileyray3000 to Media & Arts at 1:35 PM - 17 answers

Help me learn more about protests

Looking for resources about a particular aspect of the effects of protesting. [more inside]
posted by smeater44 to Society & Culture at 1:03 PM - 4 answers

Google results and YouTube video order

When you search my name on google the whole first page is results surrounding my music. Google pops up its usual "musical artist" and listing all my songs that have been released etc. In the YouTube results section that's about a third of the way down the page, it displays relevant YouTube results - all of the first several are my YouTube videos. However, I need to change the seemingly random order of these videos. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume to Technology at 12:27 PM - 5 answers

Who introduces the Band in The Last Waltz?

I love the performance of "The Weight" in the Band's concert film, "The Last Waltz". But this is driving me crazy... who is the bearded man saying "The Band!" at the very beginning of the video (YouTube video link)? I've never seen the full film, just this video clip, so I'm prepared for the answer to be something completely obvious like a band member.
posted by saturngirl to Media & Arts at 10:01 AM - 2 answers

What powered old player pianos?

In westerns, you always see player pianos at saloons and stuff. It seems they were around in the early 1900s, such that by 1908, an industry standard had developed (according to wikipedia). Not a lot of places had electricity back then. What was powering these player pianos? Did you wind them up? Pump a bellows full of air? How much playing time do you get per how much winding/pumping you do?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon to Technology at 9:41 AM - 6 answers

How do I Convince Landlord to Remove Mothballs ... ?

How do I Convince the Landlord to Remove the Mothballs he Put in the Basement/Garage to Get Rid of The Mice I Complained About? [more inside]
posted by pjsky to Health & Fitness at 8:51 AM - 5 answers

Help me get the most out of my vacation

Hello! I'll be traveling to Croatia-Bosnia/Herzegovina-Montenegro with a small tour group in June of this year. I've not traveled to Europe since the late 1990s, and never to any points further East than Berlin. I'd like some tips/advice for getting the most out of my vacation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina to Travel & Transportation at 8:00 AM - 12 answers

Can I go straight from flight to flight at JFK?

I have a pretty straightforward question about switching flights at JFK, but googling has proven fruitless so far: I'm taking an international flight in to JFK on Tuesday, and then a domestic flight from JFK a few hours after I arrive. If they're in the same terminal can I go straight from one to the other? [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica to Travel & Transportation at 8:00 AM - 4 answers

January 19

Is he JUST interested in my body, and is that so wrong?

I'm a straight female, early 30s. I've dated plenty of guys, nearly all of them smarter and more accomplished than myself. I have never - not for one moment - felt that any of them was just interested in my body... until now. [more inside]
posted by Guinevere to Human Relations at 9:33 PM - 44 answers

should this special snowflake break up with her therapist?

I switched therapists about four months ago when I moved. I was with Pete for just under a year and *loved* him. New lady is very different, but I wanted to give her a fair chance. However I find now that I often leave therapy angrier than when I went in. Is this normal? Is there something up with me, that it might actually be beneficial for me to stick this out? If not- how do I leave? [more inside]
posted by ista to Human Relations at 4:37 PM - 17 answers

Am I too selfish? Help me be more altruistic.

Recent situations have shown me that I am not helpful enough and that I'm being selfish. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon to Human Relations at 4:36 PM - 13 answers

Childlike voice, animated cat interviewing academic scholars?

Asking for a friend: he remembers watching a animated series online a long time ago where there was a cat who had a feminine yet very childlike voice but did these amazing insightful interviews with scholars and scientists. He remembers nothing else but is dying to see these again. My googling keeps pulling up critiques on vocal fry or "how to be a female in animation" stuff. Anyone else remember this series? (We were talking about Maria Branford to give an example of the vocal type)
posted by yodelingisfun to Media & Arts at 3:33 PM - 4 answers

New Orleans & Mardi Gras - weekend before vs. two weekends before?

Very quick (& time sensitive) question: my 40th is February 23rd. The weekend before that is radically cheaper to fly & stay in New Orleans than the weekend after. Much of what we like is the parades & atmosphere on St. Charles. I see there are many parades on the 18th & 19th; is this a similar atmosphere to the weekend just prior to Mardi Gras, or is it muted/different? [more inside]
posted by ftm to Travel & Transportation at 11:42 AM - 7 answers

So Just Got Back From Hospital After Ingestion of Psychoactive Plant-ID

For the record, it was NOT on purpose, but a mistake in ID-ing the plant. Had thought it was a type of cabbage growing wild. Usually I do my homework on these things and do post photos to a certain group online to help with the ID-ing this time I just went with my gut. I [more inside]
posted by watercarrier to Science & Nature at 9:08 AM - 14 answers

Crash Course in All Things China

Current events has made me realize that I need to learn more about China, it's history, it's politics and particularly what it's doing in the world right now. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah to Society & Culture at 8:58 AM - 27 answers

ID: scene from a movie where a man hails a cab

Does anyone know the title of the movie, that this scene of a man hailing a cab is from? Here is the man's voice hailing the cab - but there is also some music mixed in that was not from the original film. Thanks in advance!!
posted by stanleyhuff to Media & Arts at 8:44 AM - 5 answers

What is this baby beast in my ceiling?

Grumpybearbride and I have been plagued by beasts in our ceiling, scritch-a-scratching and tumbling about in the night, causing a ruckus and keeping us from getting a good night's rest. This morning it sounds like they added a new member to their family. I recorded and enhanced the sound of said wee beastie in hopes that someone with more knowledge than I could potentially identify it. This is the recording. Help!
posted by grumpybear69 to Pets & Animals at 6:31 AM - 12 answers

Baking up a storm

The weather forecast for the weekend includes a blizzard starting Friday afternoon and dying down sometime on Sunday. I'm a reasonably competent baker looking for suggestions to distract me from cabin fever and the inauguration. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by peppermind to Food & Drink at 5:28 AM - 23 answers

Busywork With Benefits

For reasons I have a number of 16-30 year olds who are required to spend an hour at a time (1-5 d/w) in the computer lab with me. They are excused from the usually assigned task, but their presence is sill required. Again, reasons. They rotate in and out so I can't do so much team-based or curriculum based stuff, but I would like them to spend this time on an enriching manner. I have some ideas (inside) but want more. Ideally quantifiable/defensible activities that could go on a resume somehow. [more inside]
posted by Iteki to Education at 2:19 AM - 18 answers

January 18

C is for cookie question

I made an uh-oh and added an extra two ounces of butter to a batch of ginger snaps. Help? [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova to Food & Drink at 8:39 PM - 9 answers

Non-Amazon picks for model rocketry supplies?

Making good on my new year's resolution to do less business with Amazon and more with small businesses that treat their employees well - hivemind, who are your picks for hobby supplies in general, and model rocketry supplies in particular?
posted by ryanshepard to Shopping at 7:16 PM - 5 answers

Futher reading/thoughts on gross inequality needed

The recent Oxfam report on the 8 richest men holding as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the world has led to me hearing arguments about how these people deserve their money and they give to charity so it's all OK, which I find kind of awful. Does anyone have thoughts/ websites/discussions/books to recommend that examine this in a more sophisticated way? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday to Society & Culture at 6:56 PM - 14 answers

The case of the missing clouds

So I have been blessed with proximity to a large window at work, and given that the days have gotten short enough that the sun sets during the work day, I thought that a nice silver lining (or red-orange lining) to the short, cold days would be watching the sunset right before the workday ends. The DC area is not exactly known for its spectacular sunsets, but I have been noticing the strangest recurring sunset fizzle. [more inside]
posted by space snail to Science & Nature at 6:00 PM - 3 answers

Spoken word section from a song in my head - what's it from?

There's a spoken word section in a song that drifted into my head and I'm trying to remember what that song is. Here's what I recall - it's brief, a fairly deep and scholarly man's voice giving spiritual type advice with some swirly, electronic/ambient/tinkling music underneath. [more inside]
posted by davebush to Media & Arts at 6:00 PM - 12 answers

Philadelphia by Train

Help two ladies plan a fun filled day in the city of Brotherly Love [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome to Travel & Transportation at 4:57 PM - 13 answers

Suddenly dumped by a friend--how to move on

Yesterday, a friend explicitly dumped me. It was completely out of the blue, and not over something I'd ever expect to end a friendship. While I can accept losing her, the hard thing is worrying that all of my other friendships are constantly at risk. What's helped you in situations like this? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Human Relations at 11:18 AM - 25 answers

Pool Drainage Question

We have to drain our pool. We moved into a new place, and apparently the water is pretty old. I have a few unresolved issues about this, as I'm not especially handy when it comes to these kinds of things. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to Home & Garden at 11:15 AM - 6 answers

What are best practices for sending a lot of media mail rate packages?

What are best practices for sending a lot of media mail rate packages via USPS? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow to Grab Bag at 10:12 AM - 15 answers

Should I buy the S7 edge phone with "free" smartwatch and VR headset?

At the moment the Galaxy S7 edge is being advertised heavily in the UK and if you buy one you get a free Gear Fit 2 smartwatch. I can also get a free Samsung VR headset. Do I want this stuff? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:46 AM - 13 answers

January 17

Convert PPT to Website?

Trying to copy and paste pages only gets me the wording, none of the graphics or formatting. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Computers & Internet at 6:40 PM - 9 answers

Comprehensive list of books recommended by Obama over last 8 years?

I'm looking for a compilation of all of the book recommendations Obama has made over the last 8 years. There are lists that have come out with a few at a a time, but has anyone see a comprehensive list? Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat to Media & Arts at 3:06 PM - 11 answers

Suggestions for all-inclusive outdoorsy family resorts near D/FW?

We (me, my wife, our 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son) recently spent a weekend at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. We had a great time and would like to do something similar this Spring. We want to try something with more hills, trees, and creeks this time around. I'm thinking northern Arkansas (I have visited Lost Valley/Buffalo River and loved the area) but that might be a little more drive than we'd like. Ideally, we'd stay within a four-hour drive of Dallas/Fort Worth but might be willing to drive a little more for something exceptional. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso to Travel & Transportation at 1:35 PM - 4 answers

soulful electronic music

Looking for "soulful" electronic music recommendations [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 12:29 PM - 38 answers

How many MeFites does it take to change this light bulb?

The bulb in an overhead light fixture in my house has burned out. I cannot get the fixture open so I can change the bulb. Help me before I decide to just smash the damn thing. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison to Home & Garden at 12:07 PM - 16 answers

light gray fonts on web pages

what options do I have to make fonts a bit darker? [more inside]
posted by egk to Computers & Internet at 12:00 PM - 12 answers

Working with the elderly. A life for me?

I am interested in becoming a Certified Fiduciary. Can I make a decent living doing this? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert to Work & Money at 10:17 AM - 4 answers

Free yourself from the grind

Who are the best gurus and best resources for "freeing yourself from the 9 to 5 grind"? Everybody and his brother has a book on how to set up an online business and/or multiple streams of income that will allow you to work from anywhere on your own schedule. Who are the best? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Work & Money at 8:29 AM - 18 answers

how long does it take to send mail from New York to DC?

How long does it take for a letter mailed from New York to reach the recipient in DC? [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Grab Bag at 6:35 AM - 7 answers

Can I run an extension cord behind drywall?

My wife and I finally broke down and bought a modern, flat-screen TV. I would like to hang it and hide the wires behind the wall. I know that I can do this with the low-voltage, HDMI cables, but I am wondering if I can run a good commercial-grade extension cord behind the wall as well so that I can hide the TV's power cord. Is this a dangerous/terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by 4ster to Home & Garden at 6:01 AM - 7 answers